The abandoned GDR hospital lies buried in the woods, withstanding anything that Berlin has to throw at it. Helios Klinikum Berlin-Buch was abandoned in 1999 and the reason for its untainted condition is, that it is one Germany’s most secure abandoned buildings. Berlin is littered with abandoned places and attracts urban explorers from all over the world. Finding an entrance without breaking anything was, as usual, our first priority.
Entering the hospital
Cables hung from the ceiling and patients’ documents lay strewn down the corridors in an apocalyptic manner. It put the opening scene of 28 Days Later to shame. The operating theatres’ heavy steel doors sit ajar, just begging to be opened. Medical supplies remain carefully placed on a window ledge. After scouring the perimeter, my crew and I entered through an already smashed window near the front entrance of the hospital. The familiar clinical smell filled our nostrils.
Helios Klinikum Berlin Buch was closed down and relocated (just down the road). This was because the infrastructure was not suited to the needs of the staff or patients. The hospitals’ buildings are spread out across a few sites which meant driving sick patients from one location to another.
A portion of the site has been refurbished and made into modern apartments which are currently inhabited. The once government-owned hospital now acts as a fortress. This is due to there being a backup generator in the basement that is connected to the new hospital. The basement also is home to an emergency bunker due to the high status of the patients at Helios Klinikum.
The bunk and high-quality finishing of this hospital made it obvious that this was no ordinary health care facility. In its heyday, Klinikum Buch served as a hospital for politicians and government members. People treated included Erich Honecker, who was the leader of the German Democratic Republic (East Berlin).
Sadly for us, most of the equipment had been moved to the new hospital location. A few gems remained such as signs and clocks. Someone had even removed the taps from all of the sinks. This left them looking as if they had had a run in with The Hulk.
Through an open window in the utility room, we made our way onto the roof. The serene forest surrounding accompanied by chirping birds made for an idyllic setting for the once patients of this hospital. An epic view of the surrounding buildings was our reward
As we entered the main entrance hall of the GDR Hospital, we found out that we had unknowingly triggered the motion sensors. A burly security guard strolled down the corridor towards us, shining his flashlight in our faces. After being escorted off the premises and after much negotiating in German, the guard told us he was calling the Polizei. Cue some further negotiations. We finally produced our identity cards and the guard concluded that his coffee was waiting. Disturbing his Sunday was the worst thing we had done that day.
Apart from the security guard, we did not see another soul at Helios Klinikum Berlin Buch. There were some telltale signs that people had been here before us – the usual graffiti and vandalism, however, it was quite minimal.
I would not recommend entering this GDR Hospital, and doing so is at your own risk. The security on the building is tight. Most entrances have been blocked with metal grates to prevent break-ins.
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Disclaimer: I do not claim to have ever trespassed on this property nor do I condone doing so.
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